Costco trying out Air-O-Film pallet wrap - The Packer

Costco trying out Air-O-Film pallet wrap

04/18/2012 10:27:00 AM
Fred Wilkinson

Costco and eight produce suppliers are enjoying faster distribution times and reduced labor needs using Air-O-Film pallet wrap.

Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale Corp. began having some suppliers use the film about 18 months ago, said Marc Garibaldi, product specialist for Sacramento, Calif.-based West Coast Supplies, marketer of Air-O-Film.

Megaplast, a Greece-based manufacturer, produces the ventilated stretch wrap.

The trials involve California-based shippers of stone fruit, citrus, berries, apples, pears and some vegetables, Garibaldi said.

Wrapping loads in the film does away with the need for corner boards, he said, eliminating 4 pounds of weight per pallet and decreasing waste.

A single employee can operate five wrapping machines, cutting the need for two or three workers, Garibaldi said.

Air-O-Film also offers increased efficiency on the unloading end.

A truck carrying 24 pallets using corner boards takes 30-50 minutes to unload, Garibaldi said, while the same load using pallets wrapped with Air-O-Film can be unloaded in 15-30 minutes.



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Stephen Miller Ltd. Pallet Wrap Machines    
Dublin, Ireland  |  July, 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM

Interesting. Thanks for the heads up. As pallet wrap specialists we are always interested in what's going on in the industry, both here in Ireland and abroad.

Stephen Miller Ltd. Pallet Wrap Machines    
Dublin, Ireland  |  July, 24, 2012 at 05:28 AM

Interesting. Thanks for the heads up. As pallet wrap specialists we are always interested in what's going on in the industry, both here in Ireland and abroad.

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